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Monday, December 18, 2017

Walking Tour of Temples in Kumbakonam

12 December 2017: After having rested well we took off on a walking tour of temples located in the central bazaar area of Kumbakonam. Our first visit was to the Ramaswamy Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu.
The temple has a 3-tiered gopuram surrounded by walls. The central shrine houses the image of Rama in a seated posture with his consort Sita. The other images are of his brothers Lakshmana, Bharatha and Shatruguna in standing posture and Hanuman in worship posture. The sixty four pillars in the hall near the gopuram carry exquisite sculptures depicting various episodes of the epic Ramayana. On the walls of the outer prakaram or pillared corridor(closed precincts of a temple),Ramayanam is depicted in pictorial format in three segments.
ENTRANCE GOPURAM ( TAKEN FROM WEB)
EXQUISITELY SCULPTURED STONE FIGURINES
THE VIMANAM INSIDE WHICH HOUSES MAIN SANCTUM - YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE ENTRANCE GOPURAMS
COLONNADED CORRIDOR CARRYING PAINTINGS DEPICTING THE STORY OF RAMAYANA





THE COLORFUL VIMANAM   





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